This specialized equine therapy helps drivers increase muscle strength, joint mobility, balance and coordination, improves communication, perceptual skills, gives greater self confidence and trust, stronger connections to the physical world and to other people and lessened feelings of loneliness and dependence, among many other benefits.
Through the multiple benefits and practice of driving, for example, a stroke or PTSD or TBI victim may relearn how to drive a car again or a child might achieve the independence and ability to thrive academically and socially through use of a motorized vehicle or scooter.
This program will help drivers of all ages and ability levels improve their physical, mental & emotional well being.
The harness for Strawberry (pictured left) is generously donated by Chimacum Tack! www.ChimacumTack.com
Thank you Chimacum .. we LOVE the harness!
Thanks to a grant from the Speeday Children's Charities, we will be providing carriage driving for children and adults who cannot otherwise safely sit astride a horse. This would include causes such as paralysis, weight gain due to illness or injury, lack of balance or muscle tone, etc.
Each rider is afforded the opportunity to gain independence and bond with both their horse and instructor in a rare way through equine therapy.
Grooming - Before each lesson, the rider will spend time grooming and prepping their horse for the ride ahead. This gives them not only the opportunity to experience the care that a horse needs, but also the chance to bond with their horse and get to know them before the ride begins.
Independent Riding - Each rider is given the opportunity to set and fulfill their own goals of strength and ability as well as guide and command their horse. This not only provides therapeutic physical activity, but also fosters a sense of independence and control for the rider.
Challenging and Engaging Games - Trails and games encourage the rider to achieve optimal physical ability, supporting their goals in horsemanship. These offer enjoyable emotional rewards, stimulates interest and engagement in the therapy and self-confidence.